The Farm Report -- 6/30/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 6/29

Per multiple reports, Hickory catcher Jorge Alfaro has a broken bone in his left hand and is likely to miss a few weeks and the Futures Game, to which he'd just been named as a participant.

Texas promoted reliever Wilmer Font to Round Rock and demoted Lisalverto Bonilla to Frisco.  Font skipped AAA in making his MLB debut last fall but was assigned back to Frisco to begin this season.  Font leaves Frisco with an opposing line of .132/.303/.198 and 34% strikeout rate (45 in 32 innings). 

Stars of the Day
AAA: Evan Meek / Leury Garcia, Yangervis Solarte, Joey Butler
AA: Phil Klein / Ryan Strausborger, Brett Nicholas
Lo-A: CJ Edwards, Jose Monegro / Nick Vickerson, Ronald Guzman
Short-A: Kelvin Vazquez / Kevin Torres

AAA: at Round Rock 6, New Orleans (MIA) 2
Record: 47-36, +1.0

Leury Garcia walked twice, singled, doubled and stole his third base.  He's batting .286/.333/.482 in 12 AAA games.  RF Joey Butler (.335/.413/.502) was 3-5 with a double, and DH Yangervis Solarte (.312/.354/.474) drew three walks and doubled.  Mike Olt walked twice.

At a rough initial start, Evan Meek has produced three consecutive six-inning, two-run outings in the rotation.  Meek had started only one other game since 2006, and his relief work had been erratic, so this is a pleasant surprise.  Joseph Ortiz (1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 SO) and Johan Yan (1.1 IP, 3 SO) handled the rest.

AA: Frisco 10, at  NW Arkansas (KC) 7
Record: 5-5, tied for 1st

Down 6-3 in the 9th, Frisco scored seven on eight hits and a walk.  CF Ryan Strausborger (.199/.260/.316) singled to lead off the inning and concluded the scoring with a bases-loaded triple after Frisco had already taken the lead.  1B Brett Nicholas (.304/.368/.525) was 3-4 with a walk.

In the bottom half of the 9th, Northwest Arkansas loaded the bases with one out against Alex Claudio.  Randy Henry entered and retired two batters on a sac fly and groundout.

An all-or-nothing Neil Ramirez (3.14 ERA) fanned nine of 23 batters; the other 14 had eight hits and a walk.  Ramirez allowed four runs in five innings on 94 pitches.  Phil Klein (2.84 ERA) struck out the side swinging in order in the 6th.

High-A: rain

Doubleheader today.

Low-A: Hickory 1, at  Charleston (NYY) 2
Record: 6-4, -1.0

Two walks, a hit-by-pitch and single off Joe Burns plated the Charleston's winning run in the 9th.  CJ Edwards (2.01 ERA) gave up a run in five innings on five hits and two walks while striking out six.  Three hits were for extra bases.  In 14 prior starts, he'd allowed a total of 11.  The Sally League can't do much right against him (.183/.268/.238).  Jose Monegro retired nine straight, two via strikeout.

1B Ronald Guzman singled and doubled, and LF Nick Vickerson (.234/.396/.367) walked and doubled.  Like Nick Williams, Guzman hasn't walked much in low-A (twice in 84 appearances) but is making ample contact (.309/.333/.432).

Short-A: Spokane 1, at  Everett (SEA) 2
Record: 6-10, -8.0

Kelvin Vazquez (3.65 ERA) struck out nine of 20 batters faced and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in 4.2 innings.  Alex de la Cruz (1.08 ERA) stranded a couple of Vazquez's runners and pitched 2.1 scoreless with three strikeouts.

Spokane was three-hit and is batting a collective .196/.294/.289. Catcher Kevin Torres in the system since 2008, homered and singled.

Rookie: off

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Oklahoma's Dustin Nippert threw a seven-inning no-hitter.  Spokane's Richard Bleier and three others combined on a four-hit, 16-strikeout shutout. 

Today's Starters
AAA: Scott Richmond
AA: Carlos Pimentel
Hi-A: Alec Asher / Joe Van Meter
Lo-A: Luis Parra
Short-A: Chi-Chi Gonzalez
Rookie: Kevin Sosa

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